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Selma LagerlöfThe Wonderful Adventures of Nils (January 19, 2009)

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Librivox recording of The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlöf.
Read by Lars Rolander.

Selma Lagerlöf was born in Vaermland, Sweden, in 1858 and enjoyed a long and very successful career as a writer, receiving the Nobel-Price in Literature in 1909. She died in Vaermland in 1940. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (Orig. Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige) is a famous work of fiction by Selma Lagerlöf, published in two parts in 1906 and 1907. The background for publication was a commission from the National Teachers Association in 1902 to write a geography reader for the public schools. "She devoted three years to Nature study and to familiarizing herself with animal and bird life. She has sought out hitherto unpublished folklore and legends of the different provinces. These she has ingeniously woven into her story." (From translator Velma Swanston Howard's introduction.) (Summary by Lars Rolander and Wikipedia)

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This audio is part of the collection: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
It also belongs to collections: Audio Books & Poetry; Community Audio

Artist/Composer: Selma Lagerlöf
Date: 2009-01-19
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: librivox; audiobooks; Swedish literature; Nobel Prize winning author; fiction; children; fantasy; folklore; legends

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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02 - Akka from Kebnekaise 37.8 MB
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03 - The wonderful Journey of Nils 46.9 MB
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04 - Glimminge Castle 31.2 MB
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05 - The Great Crane Dance on Kullaberg 23.4 MB
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06 - In Rainy Weather 14.9 MB
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08 - By Ronneby River 22.3 MB
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09 - Karlskrona 20.3 MB
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18 - From Taberg to Huskvarna 9.7 MB
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21 - The Homespun Cloth 9.2 MB
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22 - The Story of Karr and Greyskin Part 1 21.3 MB
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23 - The Story of Karr and Greyskin part 2 18.3 MB
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24 - The Story of Karr and Greyskin Part 3 - The Big War of the Moths 26.8 MB
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25 - The Wind Witch 32.6 MB
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26 - The breaking up of the Ice 9.5 MB
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44 -Home at last 21.7 MB
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Reviewer: stbalbach - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 14, 2010
Subject: "A remarkable thing.."

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1906-7) by Swedish Nobel laureate Selma Lagerlöf is one of the most popular children's books from Sweden (along with Pippi Longstocking). It has been translated into over 40 languages, plus films and animations. As a testament to its popularity, the Swedish 20 krona banknote has a picture of Lagerlöf on the front, and Nils on the back; and the Swedish national children's book award was named the Nils Holgersson Award, established in 1950.

Lagerlöf wrote the book at the request of the Swedish National Teacher's Society, as a school book; but rather than a dry geography text, she wrote an entertaining literary story, modeled after Rudyard Kipling's animal tales. It's been required reading in Swedish schools ever since, many children and adults read it for pleasure. A short literary history of the novel can be read at the Atlas of Sweden.

Nils is a 14-year old boy who is lazy and disobedient. When his parents leave him home alone, an elf chastises him for his misbehaviour by turning him into a tiny vulnerable imp. The smaller Nils has one new power, he can understand the language of the animals. Befriended by a flock of wild geese, he flys northward over Sweden into Lapland and back again in a series of adventures. From the air they can see a large part of Sweden and thus Lagerlöf is able to include a lot of historical and geographical material into the story. Each chapter is a mini story, often a retelling of a fairy tale or myth with Nils and his animals as the protagonists. The stories weave with characters re-appearing in later episodes. Nils learns about compassion, justice and respect of nature and returns home a better person. It is ultimately an optimistic book and beloved by many. It's a long book and even though the English translation has already been slightly abridged it could be abridged further. But it leaves a strong impression and has an epic quality, it is easy to see why it is so popular.

The LibriVox recording by Lars Rolander is a perfect retelling. It is both volumes.

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